A Picture Book Review: Go to Sleep, Little Creep

Posted July 31, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 19 Comments

Go to Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn and illustrated by Ashley Spires

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add to Goodreads)Even monsters have to go to sleep. But before little trolls turn out the light and werewolves settle in to dream, there’s fur to be brushed, pajamas to find, and moons that need howling. So grab your cuddly critter and snuggle in for this new bedtime tradition.

Review: Go to Sleep, Little Creep is such a cute picture book! Before you know it, it’s going to be October and Halloween, so this would be a great choice to grab soon and have on hand. Of course, as someone who loves Halloween, I’d be using it all year round!

This picture book’s story is a fairly typical tale about little kids needing to go bed, but coming up with all sorts of reasons to stay awake. What makes it really fun is that these kids are actually like “monsters” – you get Frankestein’s monster, werewolves, ghosts, and more. There’s even a part in the book where the parents are telling their kids not to worry about “monsters” (they don’t use that word), and instead of showing creatures like themselves, they see glowing white cats and unicorns. It’s a really cute touch!

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Go to Sleep, Little Creep rhymes throughout, so it would make a really fun read-aloud for your child – or even for classroom/library story time. The illustrations are really bright and fun, and I love all the details around the characters. One thing I noticed – and adored – is that not all the parents pictured are a father/mother. That’s true for some of the creatures, but if you really look, some kids are shown with just a dad, or just a mom, and there are even two women (one black, one white) tucking in their three kids (two white, one black) and I just adore that the illustrations are showing diversity without making it a huge deal!

Would the kids in your life enjoy this one?

19 responses to “A Picture Book Review: Go to Sleep, Little Creep

  1. I added this one to my “picture books to read” list just now! I think my kids, especially my oldest, will love this one for Halloween! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. The title of this book is my favorite! I love it! I will have to look it up because I am starting to understand the reasons kids dont want to sleep already haha.

  3. Lauren – thanks so much for recommending our book! I wrote this, my first picture book in 30 years of writing, to demonstrate my passion for the way rhyming words and vivid pictures can work together to tell a story that cuts directly to the reader’s emotions. Hopefully, Ashley and I succeeded and parents and children will be enjoying the love of reading we both enjoy for many years! – David

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